first_imgThe Civil Society Network of Liberia (CSNL) has presented Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL) an award as the best private security of the year 2015.According to the Executive Director of CSNL, Mr. Sensee Kiadii, SEGAL was given the award based on its sacrifices to protect the lives of Liberians and for braving the storm along with the national security apparatus throughout the length and breadth of the nation to ensure a stable and peaceful society.He explained that CSNL was established in 2005 with the objective of bringing together all civil society organizations under a single umbrella in order to serve as a watchdog for all government institutions and private organizations, with the sole responsibility of ensuring that they live up to the expectations of the Liberian people.He encouraged members of SEGAL to keep up the good work by protecting the lives and properties of all in the 13 of Liberia’s 15 counties in which they operate.Turning over the award to SEGAL’s Executive Director, Mr. Momo Cyrus, the Acting Director for Professional Standard at the Liberian National Police (LNP), Randolph Dennis, urged SEGAL to keep up the good work as UNMIL is about to drawdown in June. He said security is crucial to the development of every country because if the country does not have well trained and equipped security forces there would be lack of investment, new businesses and many other things that will stop the country from developing.“In the absence of a better security system, investors will be afraid to transact business in the country and a majority of the people will suffer because there is lack of businesses and investments,” he said.He also disclosed that the LNP, and other security agencies in the country, are prepared to uphold the rule of law and protect the country when UNMIL draws down.“When it comes to security in all of the counties where the presence of UNMIL is not felt, SEGAL securities are covering those areas because the private security is very supportive,” he said.Upon receiving the award, Mr. Cyrus described it as a great milestone.“This certificate will encourage us to keep up the good work by protecting the people of Liberia and we in SEGAL are considering building a SEGAL Plaza that will cost U$250, 000,” he said.He promised to work to ensure that SEGAL remains the best private security firm in the country.He further promised to invest US$75,000 in agriculture so SEGAL’s commanders in all the 13 counties can engage in agriculture.Cyrus stressed that security is key to the development of every country, and called on the government to put a stop to foreign security firms taking over the country.“No foreign security should take over this country to protect our people. Give a chance to private security firms to take responsibility over Liberia because we must foster and build the capacity of the security in Liberia,” Cyrus added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan is suggesting putting firearms into the hands of fishers going out to sea as one measure to reduce high-seas piracy.His comments were made Saturday at the Number 66 Fishermen’s Co-op Complex where he met with fisher folk to discuss piracy and other issues affecting the industry.The visit to Corentyne comes on the heels of an attack on 15 fishers by five pirates between 27 and 28 May last. The attack left one fisher; Hemchand Sookdeo, 45, of Number 55 Village, dead and three others missing: Dochan Sukra, 54, also called ’Butcher’ of Number 55 Village, Dhanpaul Ramphal of Number 67 Village, and Munish Churman, 26, also called ‘Boyo’ of Number 60 Village.During the attack, the captain of the boat the missing men were in, Seepersaud Persaud, 43, of Corriverton, was thrown overboard five miles offshore but was rescued by other fishers after swimming for some three hours.Minister Ramjattan, addressing the more than one hundred persons in the industry, said firearms might help to solve the problem: “I did make the statement when I first became a Minister and we had the bad round of piracy last year, that I want people, if it is possible for them whenever they go out to catch their fish, they can go out with a firearm, allowed by the nearest police station.”He said the firearm will be uplifted before the fishers leave for sea and returned as soon as they return to shore.However that suggestion was again met with opposition. One fisher noted that his son went out with a licensed firearm and it was taken away by the Surinamese.Most of the waters Corentyne fishers use to fish are considered Suriname territory.According to Ramjattan, negotiations are currently taking place between the two countries to iron out some of the issues surrounding fishing in waters belonging to Suriname and in close proximity to Guyana.Most of the fishers have obtained licences from Suriname to fish in the foreign waters allowing them to ply their trade hassle free.When this was told to the minister, he urged the fishers to seek protection from Suriname police: “You are using Suriname licence to fish in Suriname waters then you need to go to the Suriname police and ask them to protect you.”Ramjattan noted that his government had suggested communication sets be used by fishers while out at sea, but the suggestion when put to the fishing community, was shot down. “When I made the suggestion, a lot of people went to members of the opposition saying that we want to take away most of your monies. They want us to give free radios but we can’t do that, we don’t have the money to do that.”Ramjattan said too many lives and property are being lost due to piracy. “What is the value of a life as against putting up a $300,000 radio system?” He asked.According to him, government will be looking to make it compulsory that persons going to sea to fish are equipped with a radio system.Minister Ramjattan said there is need for more stringent registration processes in the fishing industry.He also suggested that there must be proper documentation of persons who are going out to sea and in which boat they are going.“We feel that one of the solutions lies with better communities; communities that live and also communities that are going to ensure that they give the information to the law enforcers so that we will be able to have this thing solved. And that we can know up front who might be the ones that will turn out to be bad boys…We have to start doing all of these things rather than sometimes pass the blame on to somebody else, like the police or government” Ramjattan outlined.Ten days after fishers came under attack by five pirates on the Corentyne River, three remain missing. However with very little chance of finding the men alive, the focus of the search is expected to concentrate on the recovery of bodies as from today.Commander of Berbice Police, Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam made that disclosure on Saturday when he along with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan met with fisher folk at the Co-op Complex.Amsterdam said that with assistance from Suriname and the Guyana Defence Force using their ‘metal sharks’ (sophisticated military boats) they have carried out extensive searches for the men who are feared drowned.He noted that the services of divers may be employed as he vowed to find the men even if they are under the muddy Corentyne River water.Meanwhile, Sookdeo was laid to rest yesterday at the Number 51 Cemetery.last_img read more

first_imgPALMDALE – Amid pomp and ceremony, United Airlines launched twice-daily service Thursday between Palmdale Airport and San Francisco, the latest effort to establish an air-traffic hub in the Antelope Valley. With dignitaries including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, and county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, supporters cheered the arrival of Flight 6456 at Palmdale Regional Airport, which carries the designator PMD. “Today, the region came together to provide service out of our Antelope Valley,” Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said. “How we perform will dictate how soon we get the second carrier and the third and the fourth.” What the new twice-daily service represents seemed to depend on whom was speaking. For Antelope Valley civic leaders, it represents a new chapter in the growth of the High Desert. Denny Schneider, a member of the group Regional Solution to Airport Congestion, said the level of commitment shown by politicians and the community is a lot higher for this latest effort to establish Palmdale service. “It’s so critical that we recognize this is a viable airport for a lot of people,” Schneider said. “This is a good demonstration project. It has to work. United is an airline capable of making it work.” For passengers, the new service means convenience. Kellie Ferguson of Lancaster had been planning to fly out of Burbank on a trip to visit relatives in Northern California when her husband, Travis, suggested they look at Palmdale fares. “I got a fare that was $160 cheaper – same route,” Kellie Ferguson said. “Plus there’s no traffic and the parking is free.” The Fergusons said they plan to look into whether they can fly out of Palmdale for a trip later this summer to Miami. They would even consider flying out of Palmdale if the fare was higher than other airports. “Convenience doesn’t have a price,” Kellie Ferguson said. Velur Enterprises, a land investment company, sent 16 of its employees on the first flight to show support for the airport. The company has many clients who live in the San Francisco Bay area, said Roger Docena, one of the passengers. “We’ve been waiting for this airport to open,” Docena said. “Traffic at LAX is so congested. I live in Carlsbad and I’m willing to come in to support this.” Richard McKenzie, a Palmdale resident on hand to watch the event even though his own flight is not until June 26, will fly to the East Coast to celebrate his mother’s 96th birthday. “I don’t want to travel to L.A. The traffic is terrible,” McKenzie said. “Going to Burbank is about the same. And you have to pay to park. Here, there’s free parking.” The first flight was described as “great” by Barbara Vilardo, director of communications for the city of Palmdale. Vilardo was flying with her son and daughter to Chicago for a family gathering. There was some minor confusion resulting from the first flight ceremony. Some of the passengers who had mingled with the ceremony crowd had to be rescreened by security. Vilardo had to be re-screened after she leaned over a railing to embrace a colleague at the ceremony. The passengers were also supposed to be greeted by the dignitaries before entering the plane, but they boarded virtually unnoticed by those at the podium – with the exemption of Villaraigosa, who quickly went to the plane to shake some hands. In his remarks, Villaraigosa also struck a regionalism chord. “This is where the growth is. This is where we have to make the infrastructure investments that are critical to reducing congestion on L.A.’s freeways and improving the mobility of residents of Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys as well,” Villaraigosa said. “Improvements and additions anywhere in the Southland tend to make life easier for everyone in the Southland.” james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is Palmdale’s oldest unfulfilled dream,” said Larry Chimbole, a former Palmdale mayor who has been an airport advocate for more than 40 years. “I have high hopes for this.” Chimbole noted that the efforts to bring air service to Palmdale began in the late 1950s, before the city had even incorporated and before there was even a freeway to serve the Antelope Valley. “We used to be considered a remote, out-of-the-way place,” Chimbole said. “It’s not anymore.” For Los Angeles officials, it represents the start of “regionalism,” a move to spread out Southern California’s air traffic rather than just focusing on Los Angeles International Airport. “We are on our way to regionalism,” Rosendahl said. “Palmdale will expand, expand and expand and become the regional airport for the basin.” last_img read more

first_img Conrad Logan Premier League new boys Leicester City have extended Conrad Logan’s loan spell at Rochdale.The 28-year-old goalkeeper originally joined the League One side on a one-month deal in mid-August to cover for the injured Josh Lillis.He has already made a positive impression at Spotland, helping his new side to four points from their last two games.Leicester have now agreed to let the shot-stopper stay with Rochdale until January 2015.Logan is one of Leicester’s longest-serving players, having been on their books for 11 years. 1last_img read more

first_img Aston Villa defender Micah Richards Micah Richards has revealed he turned down a move to Inter Milan to join Aston Villa.The Italian giants, who are managed by his former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, first made their interest known in January and made another approach at the end of the season as Richards’ contract at City expired.But instead of opting to stay in Serie A, where he had struggled for games with Fiorentina, the 27-year-old defender decided to return to the Premier League in the hope of reviving his career.He said: “There were quite a few clubs in for me, some abroad, but having not played so much at Fiorentina, I thought it was right to come home.“I was speaking to Inter as well with Mancini. They tried to get me in January but that didn’t materialise.“I spoke to him afterwards but I wanted to come back to England. I didn’t want to be out in Italy and then the manager gets sacked and I’m fighting for my place in the same situation. That’s one of the main reasons I chose to come back.”Another option Richards had was to stay at City, having been offered a new deal, but he felt it necessary to move on after three years of little action.Richards added: “I got offered a four or five-year deal and the manager said to me, ‘I want you to stay’. I said, ‘I’m not playing enough’.“When I was playing I was picking up hamstring injuries because I wasn’t playing enough“It doesn’t matter how much money you are offered, I thought, ‘I can’t keep doing this’. As a player, especially in the Premier League, if you get offered (the chance) to play somewhere regularly, you have to take it. That’s me anyway – it’s the sort of person I am.“I’m not going to stay on the bench or at home on the weekends just for more money.” 1last_img read more

first_imgRonald Koeman has responded to the speculation surrounding the futures of Everton stars Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley, insisting the club will NOT be held to ransom by its players.The Toffees boss admitted he was ‘not happy’ about Lukaku speaking to press about his current contract situation, while sent a stronger warning to homegrown hero Barkley – to sign a new deal or be sold.Dutchman Koeman was angered by Lukaku saying his desire to play in the Champions League and win titles, combined with Everton’s failure to attract the best players, are the reasons behind his decision not to sign a new contract, which his agent told talkSPORT was “99.9 per cent” done.READ MORE: Lukaku CAN fulfil Champions League dream with Everton, Ray Parlour tells talkSPORTLukaku LATEST: ‘No-one should worry, he is OUR player’, Everton chief Farhad Moshiri tells talkSPORTHowever, with the Belgium international having more than two years remaining on his current deal, Koeman said he was not overly concerned at present.But there was a more pointed message aimed at Barkley, whose improved recent form has earned him an England recall and who is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract.“Of course I am not happy about that interview. If Everton is not a club with a lot of ambition I would not be manager,” said Koeman on Lukaku’s comments.“But I am not so afraid about his situation because the player has more than two years on his contract.“Everyone knows what can happen in football but you need to respect your contract.”He took a different tone in relation to the position of Barkley, a city-born academy graduate.“Ross is a boy from Everton and what we need to show for him is the best reasons to stay and of course his situation is different because his (contract) is running out next season,” added Koeman.“Football is a business and you make decisions at the end of the season.“He needs to sign a new contract, if not you need to sell the player.“It is not an ultimatum but that is normal – that is business.“When I was manager at Southampton we had [Nathaniel] Clyne and he did not accept a new contract so we sold him in the summer.“I spoke to Ross about a new contract and now it is up to the board to get that contract over the line.“The player has to understand if he does not sign a new contract by one year [left] you need to make a decision for the club so it knows what will happen next year.“Ultimatum is strong, I don’t like that word, it’s not like that.” Sign or be sold! Koeman: Everton will NOT be held to ransom by Lukaku or Barkley 1last_img read more

first_imgImages of raging wildfires usually include brawny firefighters, but behind the crews of heroes are teams of felons trained to pitch in to help battle the blazes. For more than 70 years, the state has employed men and women considered low-risk offenders in California’s prisons to step in as fires sweep through dried-out hills, scraggly fields and overgrown mountain tops. Today about 4,000 California prisoners – serving time mainly for substance-abuse problems – hack away at dried brush with chain saws and hand tools to create perimeters around wildfires to prevent them from spreading. Then firefighters step in with hoses to put the fires out. “I wish we had more facilities where we could accommodate more of them,” said Michael Freeman, Los Angeles County Fire Department chief. “We like to use them. We’re always using them.” Prisoners will work there anywhere from 12 to 24 hours straight and then return to the base camps for about the same amount of time, fire Battalion Chief Vince Pena said. Earning $1 an hour, prisoners also get two days shaved off their sentences for each day they work on the crews. They also get extra food. “It’s a much-desired position to get out of the prison environment and get in the fire camp system,” Pena said. In order to join crews, prisoners must qualify and then pass training programs and physical fitness requirements. Sex offenders and arsonists can never serve. As seasons change and the last wildfire is put out, fire crews continue their training but also work on other county projects, such as weed abatement. When rainy season hits, they’re often called on to build sandbag walls to prevent floods from spreading. As storms poured buckets of rain on Southern California last winter, crews hauled bags of sand around Venice Beach and at Santa Clarita’s Polynesian Trailer Park – two areas badly hit by the weather. Most on the crews grew up in inner cities, among noisy buses, smoggy skies and tired-looking buildings. Their former lives are far removed from the rural settings they find themselves in now, among the coyotes, snakes and other wildlife. “It can be a culture shock for some of them,” said Terry Thornton, California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation spokeswoman. “Many of them come from the inner city and were never in touch with nature.” (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Since the 1980s, a contract between the county Fire Department and the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation has existed. Last week the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors renewed an annual $8.3 million contract between the two entities for the next five years. As wildfires hit the area, the Fire Department pulls on five crews – about 320 prisoners – who live year-round in guarded dormitories scattered from Malibu to Lancaster in secluded parts of local forests and canyons. Crews are called to scenes closest to where they live. An all-woman crew from Malibu, for example, has been at this week’s Santa Barbara County wildfire that now covers more than 15,000 acres. Usually the crews fight the fires and return to their dorms, also in Acton, Azusa, Palmdale and a prison camp near Saugus in the Angeles National Forest. But when large fires strike in other counties and take days to control, fire crews set up what looks like small cities around them where they sleep in tents, shower and eat. last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system The supply of rental housing tightened in the past year as many apartments were converted into condominiums in places such as Florida and Southern California. Some of those units are now returning to rental markets at high prices as owners struggle to sell them. In the quarter ended Sept. 30, the average advertised rent reached $978, up 3.9 percent over the year-ago period, according to an analysis of 75 markets by real-estate research firm Reis Inc. in New York. Some of the biggest increases were in Florida and Southern California. The nationwide vacancy rate for rental housing dropped to 5.4 percent during the quarter from 6.7percent in the same period of 2004. “The market is strong enough that landlords are able to reduce the concessions that they’re offering to new tenants,” said Sam Chandan, Reis’ chief economist. “Even more important, vacancies continue to fall.” At, the most-visited online rental-listing service, searches more than doubled this year over 2005 in the site’s top 10 markets, which include Dallas, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Detroit. Kristin Zimmerman went looking for a new apartment recently after someone broke into her unit in a converted Victorian in the Pacific Heights section of San Francisco. She found a roomy, two-bedroom, two-bath dwelling on the edge of upscale Russian Hill, where the previous tenant had been paying $2,600 a month – more than the $1,959 a month she and her roommate were spending but still within their limit. The landlord wanted $3,000 a month and wouldn’t budge. “The woman was just unrelenting,” said Zimmerman, 26, a cancer researcher. Apartment rents and demand are soaring nationwide as the economy produces good jobs and people who might have bought homes a year ago settle for apartments while they wait for housing prices to tumble. Many landlords are also listing on L.A.-based, a subsidiary of YellowPages Online Corp. The Web site that launched officially in August pits would-be tenants in cities across the nation against one another in bidding wars. Spokesman Robert Roth said the company doesn’t keep track of auction outcomes, but some landlords have seen asking rents increase, albeit modestly, after using the site. Property investor Rachel Morton recently listed a one-bedroom condo in the trendy Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles for $1,750 a month. An auction on BidRent involving at least seven people drove the price to $1,800. “Although it was a minor increase, it was still an increase,” Morton said. “It went fairly quickly.” Metropolitan areas of California, where the market for homes and condos has seen annual sales and price declines, have shown some of the biggest rent increases.In Southern California, the average rent paid in September in L.A. and Orange counties rose 7.4 percent, to $1,546, according to Novato-based research firm RealFacts Inc.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img 5 Robbie Fowler scored nine Premier League hat-tricks during his career – Fowler’s hat-tricks all came during his first spell at Liverpool where he was one of the country’s deadliest strikers. His last one was scored on Boxing Day in 2001. 5 Sergio Aguero is a goal machine and Pep Guardiola has labelled him a legend.The Man City striker scored his sixth Premier League hat-trick as Watford were blown away at Vicarage Road.Aguero is now three goals away from breaking Eric Brook’s long standing record of 177 goals for the club. “Hopefully that will happen very soon, and hopefully we can have a big celebration,” Guardiola said.Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez have also scored six Premier League hat-tricks and only four other players have more.AGUERO AND EXPENSIVE DEALS THAT LOOK LIKE BARGAINS NOW Thierry Henry also scored eight Premier League hat-tricks – All of Henry’s hat-tricks were scored for Arsenal, with his last one coming in 2006. Michael Owen scored eight Premier League hat-tricks – Owen’s first hat-trick came during his Liverpool’s days and his last was for Newcastle in 2005. Sergio Aguero has now scored six Premier League hat-tricks – Aguero’s goals have all come for Man City, who he joined for £38m in 2011. Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez have all scored six hat-tricks, too. center_img getty 5 5 5 Alan Shearer scored 11 Premier League hat-tricks during his career – Shearer’s goals were scored for both Blackburn and Newcastle and the last of his 11 hat-tricks came in September 1999.last_img read more

first_img Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ no dice Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the man he replaced as Manchester United manager will have no trouble finding a new job, after Jose Mourinho ruled out retiring from football in an interview with beIN SPORTS.The Portuguese said he is ‘too young’ to leave the game in his first punditry appearance since being dismissed by the Red Devils last month.“I want to coach,” he said. “I am too young, I am in football for a long, long time, but I will be 56 in a couple of weeks and am really too young. RANKED 2 Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United in December “Where I am going to stay is where I belong, I belong to top football. I belong to top-level football and (that) is where I am going to be.”Mourinho’s desire to stay in top level football has been questioned with many doubting whether an elite team would risk hiring a manager who has been sacked by both his last two clubs.Chelsea dismissed the Portuguese in December 2015 after losing nine of 16 Premier League matches that season, while United chiefs axed Mourinho with the club 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? However, Solskjaer – who was hired as United’s caretaker manager following Mourinho’s dismissal – believes he will easily find a new job when he wants to take one.When asked about Mourinho’s comments in a press conference, Solskjaer said: “Yeah, why shouldn’t he?“Because he’s a fantastic manager and with the results he’s had, I don’t think he’ll be struggling to find work.”Mourinho could have one option to return to coaching one of Europe’s elite, with Real Madrid reportedly keen on bringing him back to the Bernabeu. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED ADVICE A return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Mourinho shining 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest Football News REPLY The 55-year-old spent three years with Real in which time he won three trophies, and Florentino Perez, the club’s president, is believed to want him back in charge of Los Blancos after the ill-fated summer appointment of Julen Lopetegui and hiring of Santiago Solari on an interim basis in October.last_img read more